Showtime cameras moving to greener pastures for Season 2 of “The Franchise” [UPDATED 1/14/12]
The San Francisco Giants are so 2010.
Showtime is moving on to greener pastures after following the World Champs last season in its inaugural cable television docu-series, “The Franchise.”
On Tuesday, the network said that it plans to shoot a second season of its popular series with an announcement on which team will be in the Showtime spotlight coming as early as Thursday.
[UPDATE 1/14/12: According to The Miami Herald, it's looking like the Miami Marlins!]
According to Stuart Levine at Variety.com, the series will likely focus on a new team in 2012. That means the Showtime cameras won’t be anywhere near Brian Wilson‘s beard, Aubrey Huff‘s credit card, or Freddy Sanchez‘s kitchen-turned-tricycle-track. (Purchase the DVD set if you don’t understand that last sentence, chief.)
“The Franchise” did surprisingly well last summer, drawing about 650,000 viewers a week.
I, for one, enjoyed the series. It was cool to see a lighter side of the players who banded together for a pretty magical run in 2010.
Whether or not “The Franchise” became a distraction for the 2011 team is a topic that’s debatable.
In an interview a few weeks ago, Giants manager Bruce Bochy hinted that he was not sad to see the Showtime crew pack it up last fall.
One good thing about the series moving on to a different team is that we won’t have to hear KNBR talk show host Brian Murphy’s whiny voice anymore. Now that was a distraction.